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India should respect international law says Schulz

'Especially Convention on the Law of the Sea', Speaker tells EP

24 February, 17:45
India should respect international law says Schulz (ANSA) - Strasbourg, February 24 - India should respect international law in the case of two Italian anti-piracy marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen they allegedly mistook for pirates, European Parliament Speaker Martin Schulz said Monday. Opening an EP session, Schulz said India should "fully and promptly" uphold laws and "especially" the UN Law of the Sea Convention.

"I share Italy's concerns on the longueurs and delays in the case," Schulz told EMPs, launching "an appeal to India to fully and promptly respect international law, especially the (1982) Convention on the Law of the Sea".

Italy says the marines should be tried in Italy because the February 2012 incident took place in international waters. India said Monday it would not try Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre under a harsh anti-piracy, anti-terrorism law but the case would remain in the hands of anti-terrorism police.

The supreme court adjourned proceedings for two weeks, the latest in a string of delays which have irked Italy.

The EU and NATO have said the case could have implications on the global fight against piracy.

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